Longthorpe Tower was built in about 1290 -1300AD by the Thorpe family, and is a rare survival of a medieval 'solar tower'. The site is internationally important, primarily as the first-floor room of the Tower is decorated with one of the most complete and interesting examples of medieval domestic wall paining in northern Europe. Painted between 1320 and 1340AD in the typical fashion of the time, the depictions of religious, secular and mythical subjects offer a fascinating insight into the medieval mind and daily life. Added to an earlier medieval manor house, the Tower was given to the nation in 1948 and has been cared for by English Heritage since 1984. It is managed by Vivacity on behalf of English Heritage.
Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 6LU
General Information: 01733 864663
Parking for Longthorpe Tower is available in St Botolph’s church car park, approximately 100 metres away from the Tower.
The Tower is managed by Vivacity on behalf of English Heritage.
Please be aware the Tower contains steep medieval stairs and low doors. The Tower has a small shop display, but no cafe.
The Tower is open:
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from April – October, 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm).
General Admission prices:
Children, Students and Seniors £2
Families £8 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
under 5s FREE,
English Heritage Members FREE
Admission prices vary on special event days.
We offer guided tours of Longthorpe Tower for individuals or groups, subject to availability.
About the tours
Tours cover the history of the Tower and the Thorpe family who built it, and include a detailed exploration of the wall paintings and their medieval meanings.
Groups can book to visit Longthorpe Tower outside of its opening hours or during the closed season to have a guided tour. If you're looking for something a little special, we can also create bespoke events for groups, so please contact us to discuss your needs.
Please contact us on (01733) 864663 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to discuss your needs.
Please note that while there is no minimum number needed to book a guided tour, there is a minimum charge. To ensure we are able to meet your requirements, please try to book with us as far in advance as possible.
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